Frequently Asked Questions
What is World Class Scholars?
World Class Scholars (WCS) is a free online education and cultural exchange program partnering schools in grades 1 – 12 around the world. The project enables students to establish personal relationships, learn together about the world around them, and work together on join projects.
How does it work?
The basic concept of WCS is a three-step process:
CONNECT – Via the Internet, teachers, students and classes will connect with other students around the world and establish global learning partnership, thus building real, direct, personal relationships with others of their age.
LEARN – Each student and class will work with their global partners and each week have a “class lesson” and joint projects where they learn something about each other’s countries, lives and the world around them.
SHARE – Once completed, the classes and students will share their class lessons and joint projects with others – worldwide on the WSC website, with others in their schools and in their local communities.
What does it cost to participate?
Nothing! WCS is free to all schools.
What do the students learn with WCS?
The WCS project is designed to help students learn the skills they need to work and be competitive in the interconnected global marketplace of the 21st century.
Learn to use new technology effectively
Work collaboratively with others of different countries
Connect to people, cultures and ideas in the wider world around them
WCS is designed around a set of standard formats and templates that can be used by teachers and students in grades 1 – 12 in any academic subject area.
What languages are used?
Generally, WSC class partnership are conducted in English. Students in many classes speak English as a second language and part of connecting with other students around the world is leaning to work with other students and teachers who don’t have the same native language. Teachers with a background in Teaching English as a Foreign Language may feel more comfortable connecting with a class with little English experience.
What technology is required?
The most basic technology needed is a computer with internet access, and a webcam (if there is not a camera already built into the computer) – that’s it.
A simple webcam can be purchased at a local computer store for under US$50. Although it is not required, it is good if a projector and screen or a connected smartboard is available so that the classroom images are projected in a large format. Schools can use Google hangouts, Skype, WeChat, and FaceTime, etc. depending on what the foreign classroom can easily access.
Is there someone who will help us get started?
Yes, each school partnership will be led in the initial stages by a WCS Coach who will work with both partner schools to get the project up and running. The WCS Coach will work with the classroom teachers via e-mail, phone, Google Hangout sessions, and in-person. Each teacher will have a WCS Teacher’s Handbook - an easy to use, step-by-step guide to setting up and running a WSC classroom project.
Is there a reward for student teacher participation?
At the end of the school year, all students who participate will receive a special World Class Scholars Diploma.
Small classroom funds are available to connected classrooms to support students in their learning. Your WCS contact will tell you more.
This sounds like it’s easy and fun. How do I get started?
All you have to do to get started is fill out the form below, and we will send you all you need to get started.
I have some more questions. Who can I contact?
Please contact Meka firstname.lastname@example.org.